We have been asked by a Council member and some of his more ardent supporters to provide a detailed account of the Save Edgehill Park petition supporters. “Guestimate” calculations have been made over the past months as we did some ‘mental’ math to combine the online signatories with the countless sheets of hand-signed petitions that have been at several business locations throughout Midland and also by going door-to-door.
Another bone of contention for our opponents is that they wish to discount the non-midland signatures as having no voice or value in the conversation. Respectfully, we disagree. The health hub (Waypoint & Chigamik), although based in Midland serve the entire surrounding community. Shouldn’t those users have a voice even if they don’t pay taxes in Midland.
They may work, shop and enjoy all the services that our wonderful community has to offer but should have no say in its future you say?
Furthermore, the issue at hand is the re-purposing of parkland for commercial uses (no matter who that user is) and that is a National, Provincial and County issue as much as it is a Midland issue.
That being said, we have stripped out those voices for a moment and done the math.
Our total today is: 1851 Signatures
People identifying as living in – or – paying taxes in Midland: 1150
The statistics for voters in the last election in 2014 are:
Eligible Voters: 13,160
Our math says that 21.2% of Midland’s 5,416 voters signed the petition. That is statistically significant and should not be discounted by our elected officials. The ‘yeah but…’ crowd will never concede this as significant but they are not the ones who are charged with managing our community or resources.
If you are inclined to add your voice to the petition, please click here.